When constructing the perfect smile for our clients we have many tools that can help to achieve our desired results. Two of the design elements we use at A Reason to Smile are Crowns and Veneers.
Crowns are typically used to repair a singular tooth that is too badly decayed to be repaired with a normal filling. Traditional crowns were made entirely of gold or porcelain. With today’s technology crowns are made from high strength ceramic and porcelain to create a beautiful cosmetic result. Long gone is the stigma associated with getting a crown.
A Reason To Smile offer Same Day Crowns. The Cerec machine, on display and operating, in our office provides imaging without impressions and will immediately create a crown “in under 8 minutes”. The highly sought combination of tech-savvy and convenience provides our patients with a beautiful state-of-the-art restoration in less than two hours. Ask about Same Day Crowns on your next visit.
Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a Veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers: ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth. In some cases, veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating the need for more invasive tooth preparation.
Because dental veneers are so thin, they might require little-to-no tooth reshaping when bonded onto the tooth.
Once veneers are bonded into place, they are relatively strong and durable; however, care must be taken so as not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells can damage or break. Your dentist may advise you against certain uses or dietary tendencies (such biting into hard foods) and may recommend you wear a protective appliance while your sleep, especially if you are a grinder (bruxer).
You will also see veneers used to restore an entire smile and used in place of teeth whitening.